How Do I Ship to a College Dorm?

Learn how to properly format addresses for shipping to a college dormitory
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In the world of eCommerce and shipping packages, one huge group of recipients often gets overlooked: college students. In truth, college kids order items online all the time…probably more than most consumers, to be honest! Not to mention, parents send their college-age kids care packages all the time, full of notebooks, instant coffee, ramen noodles, and all sorts of other goodies. All these reasons and more are why it’s so important to format college dormitory addresses properly. Read on how to properly address your shipping labels to ship to a college dorm.

Format a College Dorm Address the Same as a Normal Address

We’ve got some good news: college dorms have standard street addresses, just like any other residence in the world! You might not always see them on the building, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. When it’s time to ship there, you’ll just need to add some additional info in the secondary address line.

Here’s an example of how to format an address to a college dorm:

  • John Smith
  • 1234 College Way
  • American University Freshman Hall #100
  • Boston, MA
  • 02111

Note that the secondary address line includes three pieces of crucial information: the college name, the recipient’s dormitory hall name, and their room number. If you have an option to add in an optional address line (for an Apartment/Suite/Unit/etc), that’s where you’ll need to add this info. Remember: you need to include the college name, the dormitory hall name, and room number.

Still Running Into Problems?

If you’re still having trouble formatting a particular college dorm’s address, ask your shipping carrier. All of the three major shipping carriers deliver packages to college dorms every day, so dealing with wacky college addresses won’t be anything new for them.

If you’re using shipping software to purchase your label (which you should be, if you want to save the most money) their support staff will also be able to help you format these addresses. Most shipping software companies offer email, instant chat support, or both. Just search for the best way to contact them and ask away! In most cases, you’ll be able to get in touch either by a contact form or an instant chat button on the bottom right of your screen.

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